With Friday’s results of the union vote official, the Northwest Seaport Alliance has chimed in on the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s ratification of a three-year extension to its contract with the Pacific Maritime Association.
The ratification extends the coastwide contract of ILWU workers with their PMA employers through July 1, 2022, making sure there won’t be a repeat of the labor strife that caused a cargo shutdown for at least five years.
“In this incredibly competitive shipping market, a longer contract helps give certainty to importers and exporters that depend on our region to move goods and create family-wage jobs,” said Tom Albro, Port of Seattle commission president and co-chair of The Northwest Seaport Alliance. “This certainty helps us focus on attracting more cargo and growing our market share.”
“We appreciate the cooperative efforts of our labor partners and shipping lines and terminal operators in ensuring that retailers, farmers and manufacturers can rely on our supply chain to move their goods efficiently,” said Dick Marzano, Port of Tacoma commission president and co-chair of the NWSA. “Our region depends on us pulling together.”